Mary Jo (MJ) Kane Winchester

Jan. 27, 1941 - Jan. 25, 2013

Mary Jo (MJ) Kane Winchester was born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, on January 27, 1941.

Daughter of Joseph Robert Kane and Madlyn Elizabeth Spoonhower.

MJ passed away on January 25, 2013, of complications from her three and a half year fight with lung cancer.

She was woman, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

MJ attended Susquehanna Elementary School and Freemont High School in Pennsylvania. She graduated from St. Josephs School of Nursing, Elmira, New York, with honors. She began her nursing career at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, while she was married to William P. Hilliard. She continued as an operating room nurse at Stanford University Hospital and the Surgicenter of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California. Her special talent was as a cardiac nurse.

MJ married Lynn W. Winchester, M.D., on March 13, 1969, at the Church of the Bells, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They spent 44 loving years together living in Palo Alto, California, Black Butte Ranch, Oregon, Palm Desert, California, and ultimately retiring together in Bend, Oregon.

They enjoyed traveling, entertaining friends, tennis at the University Club in Palo Alto, and many rounds of golf at Black Butte Ranch.

MJ was preceded in death by her mother and father; and a step-son, Alan Jay Winchester.

She is survived by her adoring husband, Lynn W. Winchester, M.D.; her daughters, Patti Whitcomb and Nicole Brouillard; step-sons, Kurt Winchester and Karl Winchester; grandchildren, Alycia, Taylor, Bailey, Riley, Brodie, Reidan, Mason and Emma; and great-granddaughter, Payton.

The family wishes to thank all of the staff at Partners In Care Hospice, St. Charles Cancer Center, St. Charles Hospital and especially the staff in the IMCU 2.

No services will be held at MJ's request.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Mary Jo Winchester by making donations to St. Charles Hospital and Partners In Care Hospice.

Baird Funeral Home is honored to serve the family, 541-382-0903 www.bairdmortuaries.com